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Endangered Tortoise Fathers Triplets at Age 90

In a surprise, Houston Zoo now has a family of 5 radiated tortoises

(Newser) - The Houston Zoo has revealed a happy surprise: three baby tortoises that belong to a critically endangered species. As NPR reports, the triplets' arrival is particularly noteworthy because the father is the zoo's oldest resident—90-year-old Mr. Pickles. He has been partnered with 53-year-old Mrs. Pickles since 1996. Radiated...

Martina Navratilova Has Really Good News

'As far as they know, I'm cancer-free'

(Newser) - Good news from Martina Navratilova: The tennis great says she is now cancer-free, three months after she was diagnosed with breast and throat cancer . She returned to her job at the Tennis Channel in time for the Miami Open, running now through April 2, CBS Sports reports. "As far...

Band Saw Rival School's Team Had No Music, Took Action
High School Band
Saw Rival School's
Team Had No Music,
Took Action

High School Band Saw Rival School's Team Had No Music, Took Action

Heartwarming story out of Kentucky has an 'aww' inducing ending

(Newser) - Martin County High School and Pike County Central High School often compete against each other in sports, and the two eastern Kentucky schools consider themselves rivals. But during a regional basketball tournament March 2, Martin County's team got unexpected support from Pike Central's band, the Washington Post reports....

911 Dispatcher Saves Toddler's Life Over the Phone

'It’s very fulfilling,' Florida dispatcher says

(Newser) - Tom Eggers, a 911 dispatcher and shift supervisor in Volusia County, Florida, says it was "amazing" and "fulfilling" to help save a toddler's life over the phone. Eggers dealt with a frantic call Sunday about a 2-year-old girl who had been found unresponsive face down in a...

Well, Here's an Unusual Rescue
Well, Here's an Unusual Rescue

Well, Here's an Unusual Rescue

Dog who decided to swim out to sea in Long Beach, California, saved by a lifeguard

(Newser) - If you are a tiny white dog all on your own, chances are you can find safer things to get up to than swimming out in the ocean. But as KTLA reports, if you do, it's good to have a sympathetic lifeguard around. Lifeguards in Long Beach, California, got...

Wisconsin Teen Stuns the Skating World
Wisconsin Teen May Be
Redefining Speedskating

Wisconsin Teen May Be Redefining Speedskating

Jordan Stolz stuns at world champions, leaves rivals and observers marveling at his technique

(Newser) - To say that US skater Jordan Stolz did well at this weekend's world championships in the Netherlands would be a monumental understatement. When the 18-year-old from Kewaskum, Wisconsin, won the 500 meters on Friday night, he became the youngest skater to win gold in the single-distance championships, reports the...

Waiter to Jason Derulo: 'I Can't Say Thank You Enough'

Singer tipped Omaha server Jordan Schaffer $5K, which he says will cover whole semester of college

(Newser) - Servers in Nebraska—or anywhere, really—aren't accustomed to getting $5,000 tips from customers. But one waiter in Omaha received just that, and he's a got a big name to thank for it. People reports that Jordan Schaffer was working tables at Charleston's Restaurant last week...

Search Pilot Thought He Saw a Rock. Then an Arm Waved

Jerry Jouret, 81, survived being stuck 6 days in a California snowbank, eating biscotti and candy

(Newser) - Don't ever think you can outdrive an imminent snowstorm. That's the lesson learned by one elderly man whose car ride—meant to last just a few hours—ended up stranding him in a snowbank for almost a week. CNN reports that 81-year-old Jerry Jouret left his mountain getaway...

Mississippi 15-Year-Old Heading to Law School

Jimmy Chilimigras could be among history's youngest law school grads

(Newser) - Mississippi's WLOX has a story that might have people thinking back to what they were doing at age 15. The station reports that James "Jimmy" Chilimigras is headed to law school in August. The teen, who has his bachelor's and master's from the online Western Governors...

More Than 3 Weeks After Quake, an 'Unexpected Groan'

Alex the husky is pulled out of rubble in Turkey's Hatay province, emaciated but otherwise OK

(Newser) - After a series of miraculous rescues , teams digging through the rubble in the aftermath of last month's earthquake in Turkey and Syria had more or less given up on finding any more survivors. That is, until Tuesday, when an "unexpected groan" emitted from underneath a concrete block pile...

Mama Orca Adopted Baby Pilot Whale, a First
Mama Orca Adopted Baby
Pilot Whale, a First
new study

Mama Orca Adopted Baby Pilot Whale, a First

But the story may not be as cuddly as it appears on the surface

(Newser) - Researchers studying killer whales near Iceland spotted an unusual thing: An adult female orca was acting like a mother to a baby pilot whale. In fact, "unusual" is an understatement—it's the first such case on record, reports Insider . The young pilot whale was swimming right along side...

Baby Turtle Survives Treacherous 4K-Mile Swim

Croga, which means 'brave' in Irish, drifted far off course, from Miami to Ireland

(Newser) - A father taking a stroll with his two daughters along the Irish coastline stumbled across what one expert is now calling an "absolute miracle." The Irish Mirror reports that the family was walking on the shore of the northwestern Mullet Peninsula in County Mayo when they came across...

School Janitor Had to 'Unretire' to Pay Rent. The Kids Stepped In

Nearly $180K had been raised as of Thursday for 'Mr. James,' who was forced to return to work at 80

(Newser) - A GoFundMe that popped up last week features the rather ominous title "Getting Mr. James out of this school." It's not an attempt to see a teacher or staff member fired, however—instead, it's an effort by high school students in North Texas to help their...

Michael Jordan Marks His 60th With Record Donation

He's giving $10M to Make-A-Wish Foundation

(Newser) - Michael Jordan is celebrating a big birthday with a big present to the Make-a-Wish Foundation, which he has supported for decades. The NBA legend, who turns 60 on Friday, is giving $10 million to the nonprofit; that's the biggest donation from an individual in its 43-year history, ABC reports....

Book Becomes Bestseller After Author's Daughter Posts TikTok Video

She said her dad worked on 'Stone Maidens' for 14 years and she'd 'love to see some sales'

(Newser) - Vermont man Lloyd Devereux Richards has become a bestselling author 25 years after he started working on Stone Maidens, a thriller about an FBI forensic anthropologist trying to track down a mysterious killer. The book hit No. 1 on Amazon's Serial Killer Thrillers list and cracked the overall top...

Shelter's Bell Rang in the Dead of Night. It Was This Dog
This Lost Dog
Knew Exactly
Where to Go
in case you missed it

This Lost Dog Knew Exactly Where to Go

After escaping new owner's home, Bailey shows up at El Paso shelter she'd been adopted out from

(Newser) - On Jan. 29, an "urgent" message popped up on the Facebook page of Texas' Animal Rescue League of El Paso. "This beautiful girl—Bailey—has gotten loose," the post read, accompanied by photos of an incredibly cute pup. "She is very friendly." Loretta Hyde, the...

'Miraculous': 737 Pilots Walk Away From Crash

Jet converted to fight fires went down in Australia

(Newser) - It's not the result you'd expect from the scene: smoke billowing from a crashed Boeing 737 jet—and not a single serious injury. In this case, the 737 that went down in Western Australia state crashed with only two pilots aboard, reports the ABC News of Australia. The...

This Owl Had Quite the Morning on Tuesday

After being circled by crows, rescuers saved injured bird from middle of icy Indiana lake

(Newser) - A wounded great horned owl is recuperating after being rescued earlier this week from an icy Indiana lake. The Times of Northwest Indiana reports that the groundskeeper at Hidden Lake Park in Merrillville first spotted the owl Tuesday morning trying to get off the ground, a swarm of crows circling...

Boy Didn't Have a Right Hand— So His Classmates Built One

Sergio Peralta, 15, dreaded a new school, but it 'changed my life'

(Newser) - When Sergio Peralta arrived as a new student at Tennessee's Hendersonville High School last fall, he tried to hide his right hand in his sleeve. The 15-year-old was born without a fully formed hand, of which he was embarrassed, and hoped "nobody would ever find out," he...

Rare, Welcome Sight in Bronx River: Dolphins

At least 2 are spotted in the New York City waterway for the first time since 2017

(Newser) - Parks officials in New York City sound pretty happy about two new visitors. "It's true—dolphins were spotted in the Bronx River this week!" tweeted NYC Parks, with an accompanying video. "This is great news—it shows that the decades-long effort to restore the river as...

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